Can you please remember back to a time for me when you actually enjoyed exercising or what we refer to MOVING your body….??? Firstly is there ever a time you loved it at all?? If yes, you guys hold that feeling of when you did and for those of you who are yet to find something that inspires you to move everyday – instead remember a time when you were excited about anything else – a time when you kinda felt like a kid on Christmas Eve anticipating just how many presents would be under that tree the next morning…
That feeling – that butterflies in the stomach excitement – they are little messages and chemicals being released by your brain because of that memory… When we exercise – those same messages and chemicals are released so you can in fact DOUBLE the happiness you feel from moving your body if you are doing something you actually enjoy doing!
Here are just 3 of the MANY happiness inducing reasons to MOVE YOUR BODY from a blog by ‘MindBodyGreen‘ – one of our favourite blogs to read here at Bubbles Organic…;
- It releases happy chemicals into your brain.
Dopamine, a chemical that plays a role in happiness, is a neurotransmitter in the brain that’s necessary for feelings of pleasure and happiness. Many studies suggest that as we age, we’re constantly losing our stores of dopamine, which is why we need to constantly seek out experiences that release dopamine. The best way to increase your brain’s dopamine production? Exercise. So run, lift, jump, play — and get happy.
- It energizes you.
You no doubt have days when you just feel too tired to exercise, when working out is the last thing in the world you want to do.But no matter how exhausted you are from a long day at work, taking care of your family or recovering from a busy weekend, do your best to muster up all the willpower you have and still work out, because more likely than not, you’ll feel more energized after your workout than you did before it.
So the next time you force yourself to get off the couch and get into workout mode, you’ll most likely feel more energized throughout the rest of the day. And more energy equals greater happiness.
- It fights insomnia.
Trouble sleeping? Skip the sleeping pill and try exercising instead. Staying active and exercising on a regular basis has been shown to improve sleeping problems of insomniacs and people with sleeping disorders. And not only can regular exercise significantly improve your sleep quality, it can also give you that pep that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning and do things.
And that equals greater happiness, every time.
SO – STEP 1 is find something you love to do – yes this means trying new things – have a look on our PINTEREST page for some ideas about different ways to MOVE your body here. STEP 2 is to make sure you enjoy it – if you feel inspired to get up and get moving – you might actually commit to it! STEP 3 is TAKE ACTION and decide at the beginning of each week when you are going to MOVE your body that week. Taking action is one of the most important steps of achieving any goal we set… A great way I find that works for me is I tell people about what I am going to do and that way I feel more compelled to make it happen…
We would love to hear how you are choosing to MOVE your body so comment below and lets share some ideas on how to MOVE our way into feeling HAPPIER!
Till next time…